Why Should You Switch to “Green” Windows?

Do you have old windows and patio doors in your home? If they’re damaged as well, then that means they’re no longer effective in retaining indoor temperatures. They’re meant to keep your home naturally cool despite warm weather, but if they were gradually damaged over time or during a recent storm, they’ll need to be inspected to assess the damage. You can still settle for repairs, but depending on how badly damaged the windows are, it might not be worth repairing them.

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Why Upgrade Your Windows and Doors?

Even if your windows and doors look mostly intact, don’t think that they don’t need immediate replacement, especially if they’re nearing the end of their life span. Old windows are hardly energy efficient as well, which means your HVAC system will work harder than usual just to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. Naturally, this will end up in your having to deal with higher monthly utility bills. This is why you should consider a full replacement. 

Even if you don’t plan on replacing your patio doors, simply replacing your old windows alone increases your home’s energy efficiency by about 30 percent. You can even consider redesigning how your new windows will be placed so that you can take advantage of your home’s thermal mass to allow more ventilation, passive solar heating and even better natural lighting. It can be a bit tricky to pull off without proper guidance from a trusted professional, but once it’s implemented in your home, you’ll see a big difference in your monthly energy expenditures.

Of course, if you’re already planning a full replacement for your windows, why not go for greener products? The upfront costs are typically the same whether you go for more energy-efficient windows or not, yet you can reap the benefits as soon as they’re installed. And while you may find other products that offer top-notch quality and performance, the ones from Renewal by Andersen® of Knoxville are hard to beat simply because of how reliable our products are. 

What Makes Our Products Different?

Choosing to go green doesn’t just mean you’ll be saving more money each month. Beyond having reduced energy bills is a greener, healthier home that requires less maintenance while boosting indoor air quality and comfort. Keep this in mind when you’re considering the cost of switching to greener windows and sliding doors

Our products are a cut above the rest thanks to the ingenuity and innovation of our team. Whether you choose to install our windows or doors, we make sure our products are designed and built with sustainability in mind. Our manufacturing process also doesn’t skimp on durability and reliability, so you can be sure your choice of replacement windows is of top-notch quality. 

What Are the Benefits of Green Windows?

Compared to ordinary windows, green replacement windows are designed and built to significantly improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. A typical green window has the following features:

  • Low-E Glass – Only quality windows have low-E coatings that reduce heat from entering your home during the summer months and prevent heat loss during winter. With the right coating, you can keep your home naturally comfortable without relying too heavily on your HVAC system. Our windows and sliding doors take this a step further by utilizing our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass, which offers superior energy efficiency and comfort for your home.
  • Multiple Panes – Avoid getting single-pane windows if you’re aiming for better energy efficiency for your home. While they may be one of the most affordable options available, single panes hardly retain indoor temperatures and are ineffective in keeping heat out. Make sure to get double-paned windows for your project to lower your home’s heating and cooling requirements.
  • Quality Frame Material – Window frame options like steel or aluminum don’t necessarily help improve your home’s energy efficiency. Only green windows have frames made from eco-friendly materials such as wood, vinyl and composites. But if you want to maximize the energy efficiency of your home, we strongly recommend our Fibrex® windows.

Why Choose Fibrex?

While it also offers decent energy efficiency, wood is one of the most expensive frame materials available. Upkeep can also be expensive as you’ll have to reapply treatments every few years to preserve its beauty. Vinyl can be more affordable and efficient, but it’s not the most reliable when it comes to extreme temperatures. The material can easily become brittle when the weather’s too cold, and warp when it’s too hot.

What your home needs are windows made with a sustainable framing material that can take on the natural elements with ease. And with the available materials out there, you won’t go wrong with Fibrex. This is our proprietary composite material that essentially combines reclaimed wood with thermoplastic polymer. The resulting product blocks thermal transfer nearly 700 times better than aluminum. We even use Fibrex on our replacement doors

When you choose Fibrex, you won’t just get durability and reliability. Our windows also offer exceptional longevity and energy efficiency that you can benefit from for many years to come. You can be sure that our windows are ENERGY STAR®-certified, which means they meet the strict energy efficiency criteria set by the U.S. Department of Energy. And since no wood treatments were used during the manufacturing process, our products effectively reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds.

What is the best part about investing in Fibrex windows? You help the environment by choosing replacement windows with the highest level of recycled content. The frames, for instance, contain up to 40% wood fiber by weight, which is reclaimed from the wood window manufacturing process by our parent company Andersen Corporation. Our glass packages are also responsibly manufactured, utilizing reclaimed glass content.

If you want to know more about the eco-friendly benefits you’ll get when you choose our windows and replacement doors, just call us at (866) 609-5033 or visit our website to schedule a FREE in-home consultation. Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville always gets the job done with speed and efficiency. We serve customers in Tennessee, including Maryville and the neighboring areas.

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